Home Care Services: Tax Allowances

HM Treasury written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Charlotte Leslie Charlotte Leslie Conservative, Bristol North West

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to grant tax relief to those who fund their own social care costs and are not entitled to any direct financial assistance from the Government.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government is currently introducing historic and fundamental changes to social care funding which will mean that more people receive help with the costs of social care. Central to these reforms will be a cap on reasonable care costs set at £72,000 from April 2016 and an extension of means tested support. These will give financial support to more people and will ensure that nobody will face the prospect of unlimited care costs. In addition a universal offer of deferred payment agreements will come into force from April 2015 which means nobody will be forced to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for care.

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